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IELTS Requirements for studying and Immigration in Canada

IELTS for canada

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the most widely taken English Language tests in the world. Over 3 million people every year take the test, and prove their English Language proficiency to get into english taught educational institutions, for immigration requirements, and intra-institutional purposes. Universities and Colleges in Canada accepts IELTS score for their English Language admission requirements, as well as the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenships Canada) accepts it for the immigration purposes. So if you are someone willing to move of Study in Canada, IELTS is the way to go.

Study in Canada:

Canada has seen the most inflow of international students among the study abroad destinations. It is one of the most welcoming and looked forward english speaking countries among international students. Over 350 educational institutes in Canada accept IELTS scores. The CLB standard (Canadian Language Benchmark) is the standard used to recognise the Language proficiency in Canada for the international students and immigrants. Most of the Universities requirements start at the level of CLB7, which is somewhere around the IELTS score of 6.0 and more.

Here are some of the best Universities in Canada and their IELTS requirements depending on the programs you choose:

Universities in Canada IELTS Requirements
University of Toronto 6.5 to 7.0
McGill University 6.0 to 6.5
University of British Columbia 6.0 to 7.0
University of Alberta 5.0 to 7.0
McMaster University 6.0 to 6.5
University of Waterloo 6.5 to 7.0
University of Western Ontario 6.0 to 7.0
University of Calgary 6.0 to 7.0
Simon Fraser University 6.5 to 7.0
Dalhousie University 6.0 to 7.0


As seen, these are just general range of IELTS requirements for the Universities. The different faculties and departments have their own IELTS requirements. The Universities normally put the specific course requirements on the official websites of theirs. Contact the University for the Exact Course Requirements you are willing to pursue.

Visa Requirements and IELTS:

For Permanent residence and skilled immigration, the Canadian Immigration accepts IELTS, too. For Study Permit in Canada, and the SDS process, IELTS is a must. For SDS student visa process for students in China, India and Vietnam, the IELTS requirements is 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each module. However, if students do not meet the requirements, the visa process is done normally and not under the SDS.

Universities in Canada without IELTS Requirements:

Now, Not all of us are good at exams, are we? If IELTS is not your cup of tea, there are other options. There are Universities that let you  study in Canada without IELTS, or for that matter, any English language proficiency tests. The Summer and foundation programs for English Languages are there, and some of the colleges let you reach your english proficiency with English Language programs if the IELTS scores are not as per the program requirements. The English Language programs are have their own fees, and they are not included in the tuition fees for the program.